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English

In English, we cover a range of themes, genres and topics which aim to develop pupils’ skills in Reading, Writing and Talking and Listening. Our aim is to begin preparation for GCSE Language and Literature from the beginning of Year 8 to ensure that our pupils have adequate time to learn and practise new skills and techniques.

Across the three years we develop reading skills such as critical reading, annotation and inference We also learn to write persuasively, for a particular audience and purpose and use ‘show, not tell’ and other creative techniques to enhance writing skills. Finally we aim to improve communication through drama, group and oral presentation opportunities.

Within the three year groups we cover the following topics:

Year 8

Recount

Creating Characters

English Detectives

Zoos, Prison or Paradise?

Literacy

Class Novel

Myths and Legends

Year 9

Science Fiction

Literacy

Fear Factory

Class Novel

Theme Park

Merchant of Venice

Year 10

Difference and Diversity

Multi Modal

War Poetry

Rollercoaster

Class Novel

Macbeth

Reading Response

Speak Out